NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Devils center Jacob Josefson will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after breaking his left wrist in a 3-1 win over the Islanders.

Josefson was hurt in a second-period collision with Jay Pandolfo during Tuesday night’s game. He played six shifts in the first period and two more in the second, but didn’t return to the ice for the third.

The Devils, who will begin the Stanley Cup playoffs next week, announced the injury during the third period.

“It’s a tough break,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “He was playing so well and to come back and already battle through the one major injury, it’s a tough hand to be dealt for him and for us because he was becoming a real valuable piece for us.”

Josefson broke his right collarbone on Oct. 21 and missed 37 games. The second-year player has two goals and seven assists in 41 games this season.

“Everybody in the room really feels for Jake,” goaltender Johan Hedberg said. “He’s been through so much these two years with injuries and every time he is getting his groove and things are going well for him, and it looks like he is really to take the next step, some unfortunate injury happens.”

Do you see the Devils remaining in the playoffs long enough for Josefson’s return? Sound off below…

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

More From CBS New York

Download Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE